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16Andropov’s Message in a Time of Crisis

The lame man who keeps the right road outstrips the runner who takes a wrong one. Nay, it is obvious that when a man runs the wrong way, the more active and swift he is the further he will go astray.—SIR FRANCIS BACON

MY MOOD IN MOSCOW was sour and despondent. It could not even be ameliorated by watching a superb performance of the ballet Giselle at the Bolshoi Theater. Yet the visit did educate me on the refusenik problem. Refuseniks were Jews who were refused permission to emigrate, usually to Israel, and they consequently engaged in some public agitation. It appeared that a small group of Jewish physicians cloaked themselves in the garb of antinuclear activists in an attempt to gain cover for ...

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